After three successful years in Austin, Texas in which Jamie won two Gold’s and a Silver in the event, the new location proved fruitful for Bestwick who narrowly missed the top spot by fractions of a point. Kicking off competition outside the US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, the BMX Vert competition saw elite riders from around the world treat the notoriously nice people of Minnesota to a little piece of nasty. Riding on a ramp that's 13.5 feet high this year, competitors had a chance to go bigger than ever before on the new design. The free event drew a massive crowd who bore witness to a tight competition and a BMX legend in his element.
Incredibly, at 46-years-old Bestwick was competing against riders half his age, showing them a thing or two in the process — not only talent wise but by way of originality. Wasting no time on his first run, he threw down a Bestwick original with a massive look down flair before charging into a barrage of tricks including a clean alley-oop 540, a downside tailwhip, a flair downside whip, an opposite flair and a huge 540 before finishing with the supremely difficult opposite 540 — a trick that’s almost unheard of on the vert ramp.
“After I dropped in it was like — Ok we’re doin’ it,” said Bestwick in regards to his spontaneity.
Continuing to defy physics as well as his age, the British transplant who now lives in State College, Pennsylvania proceeded to stun his fellow competitors and judges alike on his second attempt floating an alley-oop 540 tailwhip, a front flair, and an opposite flair into another highly charge run.
Last week our capital was all about the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam. From 6 till 9 July there where different kinds of urban sports which could be practiced and seen. BMX was represented with an own event, the Soulcycle BMX Championships! Riders from all over the world came to Amsterdam to compete for the prize money (over €12.000), ride together and have an awesome time! The spectators could hang out on Amsterdam’s Museumplein, watch some amazing BMX riding and enjoy the very chilled vibe that the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam has to offer!
The Museumplein was crammed with BMX parks for all BMX disciplines. Soulcycle organized contests for dirt, spine mini, park, flatland and street. Besides that there was a BMX video contest in which
The International BMX Freestyle Federation (iBMXFF) World Championships came to a close at NASS in the UK today with Vince Byron, Jose Torres, Jack Clark and Matthias Dandois taking the World Champion titles. The largest global BMX freestyle event of the year took place at NASS Festival this weekend (6th – 9th July) at the Bath & West Showground.
Australia’s Vince Byron and Jose Torres hailing from Argentina took the Pro Vert World Champion title and Pro Park World Champion title respectively. Britain’s Jack Clark was named Dirt World Champion and France’s Matthias Dandois was crowned Pro Flatland World Champion. Over 450 professional and amateur athletes across the globe headed to NASS to compete across four disciplines of BMX freestyle, park, vert, dirt and flatland, skateboard park and flatland and mountain bike dirt.
The event featured a 14ft Vert Ramp, one of Europe’s tallest, a pro park, dirt jumps, street spots, public courses and ramps. Inspired by the individuality and creativity of alternative youth culture, 15,000 music & action sport fans made their way to the Bath & West Showground for a weekend of action sports, live music and hardcore revelry.
Hip Hop royalty in the shape of Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man and Redman headlined Friday night supported by rising grime star Giggs. On Saturday Aussie Drum and Bass outfit Pendulum and DJ duo Sigma while the festival came to a close on Sunday with grime legend, Kano and Wiley.
USWA 2017 Soulcycle Park contest results: 1. Kostya Andreev (RUS) 2. Daniel Dhers (VEN) 3. Tom van de Bogaard (NED) 4. Paul Thoelen (GER) 5. Cam Peake (GBR) 6. Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) 7. Victor Munoz (CHL) 8. Kenneth Tancré (BEL)
Pro Freestyle faced some bad weather in Heerlen this past weekend. The BMX Street contest could not take place because part of the course was super slippery. One rail however dried up and the grey part of the course was semi-dry. Instead of doing nothing at all, it was decided to start a 30 minute rail battle at 21:30hr for those who felt like it. Leon Hoppe (GER) didn't waste no time and kicked off the session with plenty of bangers and kept going. Niels Mertens (BEL) 360'd up and 360'd down after grinding the rail. Anthony Perrin (FRA) was there to defend his Pro Freestyle Street winning streak and delivered over-tooth ups and a barspin ice-pick to 180 off. Maikel the Streetmaker had the crowd on its feet with his first rail attempts. The vibe was good in Heerlen despite the less than perfect riding conditions.